Thursday, September 13, 2012

Add a bit of creativity

I love to add a bit of flair and creativity to premade a canvas tote. I like to use them as bases for projects in my online classes as they are versatile and easy to decorate. While creating a project for an upcoming online class I thought I'd share a tip.

Adding some trim to the top edge of a canvas bag can really make a big impact. But stitching through so many layers...the canvas, and in this case, two layers of strapping can often lead to skipped stitches. I changed the needle, but still it was difficult. Make sure to sew slowly and if you have a walking foot, use it. It is made for helping all the layers move into the needle at the same rate of speed. It worked great!

Monday, September 10, 2012

School is in session!

I love teaching. I love having someone's eyes light up with joy when they discover something new or finally feel like they can grasp something that's been evading them. Like finally being able to understand how to use their sewing machine. And really make something!

My online class, "Love Your Sewing Machine" starts today. This first week's lesson is all about learning all the basics about the parts, threading the machine and finally understanding all about tension...that all-elusive thing that everyone's afraid of. Trust me, if you are afraid to touch the tension dial or have no idea how to use your sewing machine, but would like to, you've got to join me in class. You will actually learn many "golden nuggets of goodness" and come to use your machine for more than a doorstop or dust collector!

You can do it!!